4 out of 4 stars
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"How can you be a boy but a girl at heart?" That was the question a bewildered Gloria Spease would have asked when her second son, Sirbrian, opened up to her for the first time. To Pastor Gloria, it had to be the devil who had come for her son, and such a devil needed to be exorcised. What she didn’t know was that she had made herself an instrument of physical and emotional abuse, which would scar her child for life.
Sirbrian Spease heartbreakingly tells his story of wanting to be a girl in a time where being gay or transgender was almost unheard of. The only thing Sirbrian wanted was to be seen for who he truly was and to be accepted. When you have an over-religious mother and a homophobic neighborhood, that becomes nearly impossible. The only things Sirbrian had going for him were his imaginative mind and how protective his brother, Chris, was, but would that be enough? Would Sirbrian ever find that love and acceptance he truly desires?
Boy of Hearts is an eye-opener to the challenges, pain, and trauma people face when they dare to differ from the norm. Sirbrian was so badly abused as a child that he created a monster within himself, one who didn’t mind meting out harm to others. This book teaches us to be kind to people. People go through a lot, and an act of kindness would go a long way. It also shows the need for mental health to be taken seriously.
Sirbrian tells this story in a captivating manner. His choice of words makes the reader feel every emotion that the author felt. Sirbrian goes through so much abuse that one cannot help but wonder how he could survive all of that. The book also contains animations at the beginning of every chapter, and pictures of Sirbrian at different stages of his life are shown at the end of the book.
There is nothing to hate about this book, as its intent to show the challenges faced by the LGBTQ community is so pure. It also helps people see life through the eyes of a transgender person and be compassionate towards them. The book is also professionally edited, as I noticed no errors while reading. These reasons have influenced me to rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The book contains vulgar words and some violent scenes. I recommend this book to non-homophobic adults. Sirbrian Spease sparks a conversation with this book, and I hope people can realize that kindness does not cost a dime.
The Boy of Hearts
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